So, I am supposed to have jury duty next week. I'm all for jury duty, even if this time isn't the optimum time for me to be pressed into service. I guess having it now is better than getting assigned to a case in the winter. The drive up there is all hills and curves, and one I don't look forward to on a nice day. I sure as hell don't want to drive it in snowy conditions. Or during the rut. Watching out for deer in that road is necessary on the best of days. I'm not interested in dying to do my duty.
I'm not sure how they chose me. They wouldn't pick me if they knew me. And I did put 'crime novelist' as my occupation, which should've been a red flag to the defense. Or to the prosecutor, depending on how they think I'd lean. Random lottery is my guess.
I don't expect to make it through the jury selection process. I'll be watching everything both sides do like a hawk - and making mental notes for fiction research. I'm pro capital punishment. I'm anti-parole. Do the crime, do the time. But if you're going to put someone away, make sure you have the evidence to back it up. I'll do my damnedest to not let anything slip by me.
Personally, I'm really judgemental about crime and criminals. Oh, I'll take a look at all the evidence before I make a determination. But once I've made my mind up about something, I don't change it. (Unless, of course, further evidence proves otherwise. I'm judgemental, not stupid.)
I'm also hard on the law and the judiciary system. They have a job to do and I expect them to do it. No excuses. No cutting corners. No slick moves.
I think people get away with too damn much.
Which reminds me of something I hope to bring up to someone up there - the overwhelming number of criminals in this county who get 'suspended sentences'. And often go on to repeat the crime. Derp. I'd really like someone up there to explain that to me.
I'd also like to meet the Sheriff and thank him for his service. And maybe the detective who recently moved into my neighborhood. That'd be cool. From what I've heard, she's nice, but I really don't get a chance to meet neighbors unless we run into each other while I'm walking.
I really do appreciate law enforcement. They do a tough and thankless job. And it's got to be hard for them to do their jobs while watching criminals get off with a tap on the wrist.
One thing I found interesting on the jury notification form thingie. There's a section about attire and it says something about dressing 'suitable to the occasion'. It's not a freakin' cocktail party. And what exactly would be suitable to the occasion? Stripes? Orange? A grim reaper costume for murder cases? Hubs and I have been joking about it. A MAGA hat? Something from the Warrior12 line?
Anyway, it does give some examples of appropriate attire - like no shorts or tank tops (which pretty much takes away my standard summer wear) - but it doesn't mention sweat pants. I'm sorely tempted to show up in my nicest pair of sweats. I think I'll be a good girl, though, and wear a pair of khakis.
And maybe an orange shirt. ;o)
Have you ever done jury duty? What did you wear?